When Baltimorean Sarah Gossard realized her Shar Pei Nala was missing, she did what most caring pet owners would by mounting a local campaign to find her. Ultimately, a neighbor saw the 7-year-old dog roaming the streets and approached her.
Unfortunately, when Sandy Fleischer got close to Nala, the animal bit her. Of course, the woman admits the dog was not to blame.
“The dog was more scared of not knowing where it was and being thirsty and disoriented,” she explained to a local NBC affiliate. “The dog bit me out of fear because I tried to touch it – which was my fault.”
Nevertheless, police were notified of the incident and arrived on the scene a short time later. What happened next struck Fleischer as a complete overreaction by authorities.
Although Nala was not displaying any signs of aggression, the woman said she witnessed officers corralling her with sticks and tightening a noose around her neck.
“You could hear the dog screaming and crying in pain.”
She said one officer was being “extremely aggressive,” noting that police were abusing the dog “relentlessly and unnecessarily.”
At that point, Fleischer was transported to a nearby ambulance. What reportedly happened when she wasn’t present, however, is even more graphic and shocking.
According to Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, one officer mercilessly slaughtered Nala in one of the bloodiest ways imaginable.
“Unfortunately,” Palmere confirmed, “at some point after the dog was contained, one of our officers used a knife and cut the dog’s throat. This is outrageous and an unacceptable breach of our protocol.”
The officer, Jeffrey Boger, is now suspended without pay and faces a charge of malfeasance in office. No amount of punishment will bring back Gossard’s beloved pet, though.
“Obviously, my anger is toward this police officer,” she said. “I don’t want him to have his job. I don’t want him to be able to go out on calls and react like that to a person, to a dog, to anything. That’s not OK.”
Making matters even worse are allegations that Boger’s fellow cops attempted to cover up his actions. The department is now investigating those claims after admitting administrators only heard of the incident two days after it occurred.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Sarah Gossard
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